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Union in Tolland County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Union

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, February 5, 2018
1. Union Marker
Inscription.
Union
Incorporated 1734
This was the last town to be settled east of the Connecticut River, because of its rough terrain and poor soil. In 1633 John Oldham, an adventurer from Massachusetts, obtained from the Indians here specimens of black lead or graphite. During the Revolutionary War this valuable resource was tapped by Governor Trumbull for use at cannon foundries. Union, containing 12,500 acres, was sold by the General Assembly on July 1, 1720 to twelve proprietors for £307. The earliest actual settler, James McNall, came here in 1727. The first Connecticut census in 1756 showed the population of Union at five hundred, approximately the same as today. Lumbering was a leading industry during the 19th century. Shoes and axe handles were also made here. The only surviving industries are agriculture, forestry, and the manufacture of charcoal. Union is now mainly a residential community.
Erected by the Town of Union
the Union Historical Society, Inc.
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1978

 
Erected 1978 by Town of Union, Union Historical Society, Inc., Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 59.402′ N, 72° 9.561′ W. Marker is in Union, Connecticut
Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 5, 2018
2. Union Marker
, in Tolland County. Marker is at the intersection of Buckley Hwy (Route 190) and Town Hall Road, on the right when traveling east on Buckley Hwy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford Springs CT 06076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union’s 250th Birthday Time Capsule (here, next to this marker); Union Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Union Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the first Meetinghouse in Union (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Town Pound (approx. 0.2 miles away); Red-White School (approx. 4 miles away); Tantiusques (approx. 4.4 miles away in Massachusetts); Holland (MA) War Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away in Massachusetts). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Union, Connecticut. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Union, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 5, 2018
3. Union Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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